Posts Categorised: Design/Interiors

Colour Your Christmas Part 2

Xmas HomePart 2 now of gift ideas. Last week I shared some decs.  This time, here are some cheerful, eye caching home pieces that might be if interest to you, if you’re thinking of doing a bit of Christmas shopping this weekend and want to buy something a little different and refreshing. I am drawn to all of these things for their vibrance and vintage style appeal …

1. Rigby and Mac stock these cute little floral and pattern print candle holders. Definitely a bit different and would sit very happily on a bookshelf or fireplace. A very sweet present. £19.95.

2. I am a little bit in love with LEIF. A US based online shop with homeware to die for. Oh yes. The price on the site is in dollars but I believe this Spectrum Picture Frame is approx £28. Don’t hang about if you like it – might take a week to so to arrive here in the UK.

3.Bombay Duck have been around for some time now and clearly still know how to do colour. This set of 3 Delphine Glass Bowls are £16.

4. Interior Designer, Sophie Conran has a nice Christmas selection of China  – such as this platter. The print is quite retro and reminds me of my childhood. £34.50

5. Such a good but simple idea. Cannisters with windows. I think most people would like a few of these. At £2 for the small size and £3 for the larger – can you go wrong ? From Tiger Stores.

6. A hand painted cookie owl jar from dotcomgiftshop. Just awww ! £23.95

7. I’m imagining these place mats ( they have matching coasters ) on a lovely crisp white table cloth or a rustic wooden table. This is my favourite colour too. I found these at Anorak Online. Set of 4 for £28.

8. If you are buying for someone who loves all things Kawaii then they might like these adorable little Chuppon Self Watering Animal Planter. You just stick them on the side of a glass. Whatever next ! They are £9.95 each at What You Sow. I want one !

9. Folklore fans will love this woodland print coffee pot. It’s illustrated in the UK and for sale at Mollie and Fred £19.99.

10. Okay, I am seeing a theme developing here. Another animal inspired gift. Very suitable for a sewing lover. It’s from AVOCA and is approx £7.95.

Part 3 coming next week :)

What do you think? Do you like these ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Lucy x

Great British Birds by Amber Elise

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I saw these colourful prints recently and had to let the artist Amber Elise know how much I liked them. We are big bird lovers here, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that our wedding cake made by our fab friend Juliet was inspired by birds and so was the poem piece read by our lovely friend, Lou.

Most of my childhood was spent in the countryside and I had a book, where I used to tick off off the birds in it once I had spotted them. Do you remember those ? Great memories.
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Amber Elise is a Bristol based illustrator and screen printer who takes inspiration by the cut outs of the artist Matisse, colours of Andy Warhol and music from David Bowie..  a girl after my own heart. 7xhj4TVb9xQ4NK2YLEQzJVGLsTkN4i3FviNY_j3ssUw

Not only does her online shop offer these beautifully bold Limited Edition Prints along with zebras, owls and whimsical messages in 2 different sizes – you can also buy sets of her high quality individually wrapped, boxed cards. Great for your own home or a thoughtful gift to those in your life who love anything quintessentially English. I have some here and will do my best to share them with special friends but they’re so alluring, I might hang on to them .. just for a bit. :)

I love Ambers’ sharp use of colour – such great definition. You must have a read of her Creative Projects – they are all interesting but I was particularly drawn to the one about her transforming a launderette with bespoke wallpaper. It looks amazing ! Have a look at it here.

Lucy x

Colour Your Christmas

Xmas Bright LucyLovesYaI love Christmas. The shiny, razzle dazzle of it all and feel justified in doing a Festive post now as the lights are officially switched on in Oxford Street. With an abundance of traditional decorations and homeware to choose from online, I thought I’d seek out some slightly more cute, colourful and heaven scented 2014 items at varying prices.

1. The playfulness of this wreath from The Original Pop Up Shop is handade from Merino Wool. It would work against so many colours. It’s very tactile looking – beautiful !

2. A cheeky little retro style plaque from Selfridges. This one is by Gisela Graham.

3. I am a big Diptyque fan. Their candles last for ages and they smell divine. This one is scented with cinnamon and plum. I’d be very happy to find one of these in my stocking. It’s stocked at SPACE.NK.

4. In Festive colour with a bold chevron print. These gold and glamorous napkins are by Paperchase.

5. As Liberty London lives right in the middle of the capital, this London bus tree decoration represents them well. I love it, especially as it is the old fashioned design. Glittery too – Ooh !

6. You could make a statement with these Multi coloured crackers for the tree or against a white table cloth. You can also find these at Paperchase.

7. How could anyone not fall for this little woodland Hedgehog decoration. Uber cute. Found at StreetHub.

8. My heart skipped a beat when I first spotted these handmade fairground star lights. Made in Britain – they come in various colours. They’re not cheap but I would use them all year round. These are by Goodwin and Goodwin at Not on The HighStreet.

9. Every year when we make Mulled Wine, I remember the thing we forgot. Proper glasses.  John Lewis do a set of 4 thermally insulated ones in a soda glass shape.

10. Father Christmas in a glittered robe. As he should be ! A set of 6 that come in a gift box from one of my favourite online stores – Berry Red.

Hope you like my selection. I will be seeking and sharing more soon. :)

Lucy x

Up – cycled Stripy Dining Chairs

IMG_1245This weekend I have finally up – cycled my dining chairs. Well, my Mum covered them, she’s much more practical than me when it comes to upholstery. :) But, I can take some credit for painting them.

Before they were a stained pine, which looked more like oak and covered in a floral print. You can see them in a recent post.

I bought them a few years ago and had every intention of doing them up straight away to brighten the kitchen. But, of course it has taken a while as most things do in your own home.

In the fabric delivery there were some very welcome sweeties to keep us company. Very nice they were too ! DC1

I’m really happy with the colour that they exude in the day time and evening. It has bought all of the colours in my kitchen together and I think finished it off really well.

This stripe is very bright, I bought it from DeckChair Stripes and they have loads of different colour options. The paint is Clunch by Farrow & Ball.

The print above the chairs is by the lovelyBrighton based artist Kitty Finegan who designed my new LucyLovesYa logo. I am a huge fan of hers. :)

What do you think of my new chairs ? Would love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment below to tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

 

Lucy x

Suffolk Food Hall – Local Inspiration

SFH1When my friends or family want to catch up, this is the place we quite often end up meeting up at. It’s equidistant for most of us. Suffolk Food Hall. Because we can eat, the kids can play, then we can shop a little, look at all the plants, eat a bit more and then buy more food to take home.

Suffolk Food Hall has so many home goodies, gifts and yummy food. I want to share one of my favourite places around here – just in case you don’t know about it yet – or love it too and want to share this post with others. SFH2

Yesterday we had a very tasty lunch in the Restaurant. I had fishcakes. In fact, I nearly always have the fishcakes with butter bean mash because it’s so good.

The views out across to the Orwell River and Bridge are spectacular in every season. I love to watch the boats and cattle grazing, whilst we eat. It’s very relaxing. The windows of the Restaurant are huge, so you feel part of the vast land outside.

There’s loads of inspiration in the Home and Garden department, I love their recipe book selection too. Everything seems lovingly sourced.SF3

As we are getting in to gardening and growing veg ( remember my VegTrug post ), I spend quite a bit of time wandering around the plant section, which is brimming with colour and floral aromas. The staff are really helpful.

The best bit for my girls is the big Jumping Pillow. Well, actually, we all quite like it. It’s by the ice cream hut. Needless to say, the two go hand in hand on a sunny day !

Recently, they did a cooking course there for a day. They loved it. Not sure how much chocolate actually made it home but they learnt a lot. There’s all sorts of courses – cake making, kitchen club, art and photography and many different types of cuisine workshops.

If you are a foodie – the Food Hall is somewhere you would need to put some time aside for perusing. It’s 8000 square feet of good quality, local produce.

They can always check out their website if you want to know more.

So, now I have told you about one of my favourite places to visit nearby. It’s only fair that you let us all know yours too ? ;) Please do leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Lucy x

Seaside Bedroom Inspiration

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It’s turning a bit cold outside, we’re lighting the fire in the evenings now. But I stepped outside this morning and the sky is beautiful blue and the colours in the fields are still lustrous. Which prompted me to crack in to this bright fabric bundle because I’m going to make a quilt for my daughters bedroom that I’m just about to do up.

She has gone off pink. It’s all about blue now. But, I’m sure it’ll all change again – so hedging my bets with an eclectic mix.

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One of our favourite family places to go is Southwold, because it’s like a step back in time and there is so much inspiration there to draw from. Luckily we aren’t too far away ( if you ever visit, don’t forget to visit the Electric Picture Palace ! ).. and I love Joanna Corney‘s prints so we are going to use her beach hut matte wallpaper. It will only be one on one wall, so it will add a flavour.

I will make some roman blinds and with added pom poms – and to finish the room off and carry on a vintage seaside, colourful theme – one of these balloon lights by John Moncrieff at NotonTheHighStreet. Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 11.03.53

What do you think of this combination ? Does it work for you ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Have a nice day !

New look LucyLovesYa – and an up cycled Purple Piece

Welcome to my new look blog ! I am so excited to be sharing it with you. Kim Lawler has done wonders. :) Kitty Finegan designed my new banner logo and caricature. I’ve been dying to show you it .. and now here it is. Over the next few days there will be more little tweaks … keep your eyes peeled.

Todays post is an up cycled chest of drawers – our spare room needed a bit more colour. This was given to us by a family member and it was a teak colour. No idea the era .. maybe you can tell me ?

My wonderful Sis, Clare, turned it in to something much more colourful. The paint is an Annie Sloane one – ” Emile “. I did have a look around at some knobs but the new colour, I think, personally really suits gold. So, I kept them.

Oh and look ! There’s us. I couldn’t bear to part with our wedding cake toppers so I bought a globe and popped us inside. We can live in a happy bubble forever more !

 

It is very difficult to find wall lights that are unique, kitsch and yet not too garish. These ones are from Lighting Majestic who very kindly wrote about LucyLovesYa a little while ago. They’ve a big selection of lighting if you’re ever looking.

In other news – I have been shortlisted, thanks to you lovely people for an Amara Interiors Awards 2014 in the Best Colour Inspiration Blog section. It has been narrowed down to 5 of us now. Very grateful that you voted for me. Thanks. The decision is in the hands of the judges now !

Hope you love the new look LucyLovesYa as much as I do. Tweet me @lucylovesyablog or leave me a comment. :)

Wallpaper to grow up with …

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There are literally thousands of stunning wallpaper designs on the internet. Trust me, I’ve been looking around to find one for my daughters bedroom, that will carry her through from being 8 to her teens. The ones I have chosen for you to see are of course, quite loud, but I think they would add great character to a room – maybe with just one wall covered. I would probably make a plain roman blind to go with this one made by Pip Studio and for sale on Not on The Highstreet by FIFTY ONE PERCENT ( no, I’m not shouting, that’s how they write it ! ). Love all the bobbins and sewing paraphernalia. :)

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Whether it is because I am obsessed with flamingos or maybe my just in the genes – Mae loves them too so this is definitely a consideration. We are only going to do one wall – I know feature walls aren’t as trendy as they used to be but I think it works well in a kids room, especially if it’s not too big. She loves blue too so it could be the one !

This wallpaper is by Cole and Son and and for sale at WallPaper Direct.

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This may not be every girls cup of tea * sorry, I’ll get my coat * … but it’s so dainty and pretty and I am sure would look amazing up. How could you ever get bored of looking at it ? It’s a Brian Yates print on the Select Wallpapers website.

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More birds. A really vibrant print, again from Not on The Highstreet by a shop called Snuggle. It is made to order in 50cm squares. What do you think ?

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I fell in love with this wallpaper the first time I saw it. It would probably mean a lot more to adults than it would to the ‘ new generation ‘ but it’s very retro and kitsch. Mae likes kitsch. So we might be on to a winner. This Penguin library wallpaper is by Osborne and Little from John Lewis.

My taste is very LOUD when it comes to prints as you may know. But I think these are all perfect for a growing girls bedroom.

What are your thoughts ? Do you have a particular favourite print that you’ve seen recently ?

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Lucy x

Adding a Dash of Cable & Cotton to my Home

cable cotton ball lightsI’ve been sitting in my kitchen for a while now thinking of ways to brighten it up a bit, but not with too much block colour.

Having made the roman blinds a while ago in the red gingham and I’ve painted the bookcase a turquoise colour, I still felt there wasn’t enough fun – and being a kid at heart, there needs be lots of that.

There are some brands that you love from the off, for me – Cable and Cotton are one of them because they are so distinctive. I first spotted their shop whilst wandering around Brighton a while back. I hadn’t thought of putting some of their fairy lights up to complete the makeover, don’t know why. But luckily, they very kindly contacted me recently to ask if I would like to try some out. So, I’ve placed them over my flamingo print from Etsy.

You can choose your own colours and length of lights at Cable and Cotton plus they also do sets with 20, 35 or 50 on a string. The ones I chose are Rainbow Drops.

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If you are a regular reader, you will know that I do love a bit of fair trade, so am pleased to know that the lights are handmade in Thailand by skilled craftswomen who work in the lovely open air ! Making the lights for Cable and Cotton is ensuring a year round income for these people and their families .. and in fact an entire community. :)

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My Guest Post for Artist – Jessica Zoob

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 11.09.56 A quick update to tell you about my guest post on the very talented artist Jesssica Zoob’s blog. She very kindly asked me to write about LucyLovesYa.

Jessica trained at Central School of Art and Nottingham University and worked as a theatre designer for 7 years at venues such as The Royal National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. For 14 years now though she has worked exclusively as a contemporary artist from her home and studio in Sussex. She exhibits around London and her work is shown worldwide in private collections.

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 11.08.11 I love Jessica’s style and find her use of colour really emotive. It’s easy to lose yourself in her work, I think it’s partly because of the different textures she uses in the process. I could stare at her paintings for hours ! If you’d like to see or read more about Jessica Zoob then click here for the website.

My post can be found here.

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All images copyright of Jessica Zoob 2014.